Washington State oyster growers still want to spray poison in Willapa Bay & Grays Harbor

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Last year the Washington State Department of Ecology did the right thing by denying a permit to the oyster growers of Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor to spray poison into the ocean. Details found here.

Instead of using their brains to grow oysters without using poison (done all over the world), these growers are stuck in the ignorant past and demand a permit to spray a neurotoxin to kill native shrimp in order to make millions of dollars growing non-native oysters. Maybe their brains have been damaged by exposure to Carbaryl, the other poison they sprayed on these bays for 50 years.

HB 1037 text found here

Read what The Audubon Society knows about imidacloprid here.

Keep up on Washington State environmental protection issues here.

When oyster growers of Tomales Bay are prohibited from harvesting local oysters (due to heavy rains washing feces and other unpleasantries into Tomales Bay), they import oysters from other areas, including Washington State. Let’s hope local growers NEVER purchase oysters from growers who want to spray poison into the ocean.

One thing I’ve learned from 5+ years of looking into commercial aquaculture as I clean up after commercial aquaculture, there is lots of BS to go around. Bovine and otherwise.

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Fur seal release at Drakes Beach

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The storms have brought much trash to our south facing beaches at Point Reyes.

Today I went out again to grab as much as I could of the new arrival of human trash that washed up. Also, to enjoy the spectacle of a large group of male northern elephant seals lounging, lumbering, fighting and posing on the sand and almost in the parking lot.

As a bonus I got to watch four northern fur seal pups being released after several weeks of rehabilitation at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

Over six years ago on this same beach a couple hundred feet away I came upon a lone and malnourished northern fur seal. I called the Marine Mammal Center and they came and picked her up. pictures and video of that day here.


Marine Mammal Center staff prepare to release four fur seals
Dappled light caresses Drakes Bay, Chimney Rock sulks in background
Puffy clouds over Inverness Ridge